Posted Tuesday 23 Nov 2021
We're thrilled that the first recipients of New Zealand's 2021 Equaliser Grant have been announced! A big congratulations to all the recipients who include WIFT NZ members Anna Duckworth and Faye McNeil.
In September WIFT NZ partnered with Auckland UNESCO City of Music to create this grant for filmed music. It's the first time WIFT NZ has been involved with something like this and it's fair to say we're excited!
Musician applicants were asked to submit a song planned for 2022 release. Two separate selection panels comprising experienced women from the screen and music sectors appraised over 120 director and musician submissions for the three project grants of $10,000 available. Each project will have access to mentors, crew and selected technical equipment.⠀⠀
The recipients/pairings are:
Musician Grace Moller and director Faye McNeil (pictured right).⠀⠀⠀⠀
Musician Lou'ana and director Anna Duckworth (pictured left).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Musician Reshma Martin and director Jolin Lee.⠀
Equaliser (EQ) is a mixed workshop/seminar/network format that provides professional development, mentorship and an ongoing network support to female* music and screen sector professionals.
Kaupapa: Building a community of female screen and music professionals.
EQ is a global initiative by UNESCO Cities of Music to address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
*The words ‘women’ and ‘female’ are inclusive of gender non-conforming, transgender & intersex.